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garden competition


8.30AM - 4.30PM

Free registration

terms and conditions of 2024 Garden competition

Properties must be located within Lockyer Valley Regional Council rated boundary. 


  • Best Small Residential Garden - must cover an area less than 1000m2.

  • Best Rural Garden - must cover an area greater than 1000m2 (this can include the whole or part of garden).

  • Best Community Garden - must use only volunteers working together to plan and manage the garden.

  • Best Business / School / Commercial Garden - (Includes gardens professionally maintained). Can be of any size, and include places of worship, hospitals, industrial properties, businesses, nursing homes, schools, community areas, retail premises and hotels.

  • Best Novice Garden – First time entered garden in any category.

  • Grand Champion Award – Inaugural Heather King Trophy - This award will be presented to the garden which achieves the highest overall points as allocated by the judging panel.


Judging will be based on the following key factors:

All entries in the 2024 Lockyer Valley Garden Competition will be judged on maintenance, design, intent, natural environment and creativity. Council will contact entrants to confirm their allocated judging time slot for judging.

  • Maintenance - the lack of elements such as dead and diseased plants, well presented lawns, and clipped shrubs, considered water usage and overall attention to detail.

  • Design - aspects such as layout, colour, use of line, form and texture, plant use and once again attention to detail within this context.

  • Intent - the active participation of the entrant, level of knowledge and enthusiasm and extent of third-party assistance.

  • Environmental consideration - reduced water use, moisture retention strategies, recycling, and reuse. Minimal pesticide and chemical use and plant selection.

  • Natural environment - encouraging wildlife (provide a habitat or food source for local native fauna), use of native and local plant species and free of declared or environmental weeds.

  • Creativity, innovation, and passion – is the garden creative and innovative, does the garden reflect the region’s unique environment?


The Judging panel will consist of:

  • Two garden enthusiasts endorsed by the Laidley Garden Club Inc.



  • Total Prize Value $1625.00

  • Grand Champion - $500 Pohlmans Nursery prize voucher and inaugural perpetual Heather King trophy.

  • Category Winner – $150 Pohlmans Nursery prize voucher.

  • Category Runner-up - $75 Pohlmans Nursery prize voucher.

  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash

  • Prize vouchers must be redeemed at Pohlmans Nursery, Redbank Creek Road, Adare.



By signing this agreement, I hereby agree to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and its associated partners in the 2024 Lockyer Valley Garden Competition to advertising the address of my registered garden. I also agree to permit the public on my property during from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September inclusive for viewing. I confirm that I have adequate Property and Public Liability Insurance to cover any incidents that may occur. I also agree to have my garden photographed which may be used by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council in future advertising.

Image by Nature Uninterrupted Photography
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